You'd think that pop legend Elton John would be beyond caring what the critics think by now, right?

Well, apparently he still reads the reviews. Even before they get in the paper.

I wrote a pretty damn glowing online review of the Big E's show at Rogers Arena last Saturday (September 13), tacking on a complaint about his choice of encores. I didn't care for the way he went all Disney on our asses by ending the night with those sappy tunes from The Lion King, "Circle of Life"/"Can You Feel the Love Tonight".

Live Nation has announced that Vancouver-based indie-rock group Mother Mother will play a show at the Orpheum Theatre--with guests USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)--on Saturday, December 13, in support of its fifth studio album, Very Good Bad Thing.

The Juno-winning group--comprised of Ryan Guldemond, Molly Guldemond, Jasmin Parkin, Jeremy Page, and Ali Siadat--has been one of Canada’s most aired acts on the alternative-radio charts for the past two years.

Todd Kerns, recently declared to be "the Most Rockin’ Canadian Bassist of the 21st Century", performed with his band SMK&C (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) on the Howard Stern Show yesterday.

That's a long way from his birthplace of Estevan, Saskatchewan.

If you're the type of diehard Rush freak who thinks who've seen everything the band's ever put to video, get ready for this.

The Canuck prog-rock legends announced today that, on November 11, they'll be releasing a 10-DVD/6-Blu-ray collector's boxed set which also includes all eight songs from a show in 1974 at Laura Secord Secondary School, featuring original drummer John Rutsey.

Bet you weren't there for that gig!

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the New York-based Interpol at the Commodore. Diana Villarreal was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Interpol at the Commodore Ballroom on September 15, 2014. Thanks Diana.

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Bay Area hip-hop duo Latyrx at Venue. Diana Theodora was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Latyrx at Venue on September 14, 2014. Thanks Diana.

Thirty years ago today—on Sept. 13, 1984—KISS released its 12th studio album, Animalize. Although it wasn't exactly classic KISS, I do seem to recall thinking that the single "Heaven's On Fire" was alright.

The album was unique in "KISStory", as Gene Simmons might say, because it was the only one to feature guitarist Mark St. John, who replaced Vinnie Vincent in April of '84 but would be forced to leave KISS by November after being diagnosed with Reiter's Syndrome, a severe form or arthritis. St. John died in April of 2007 at age 51 from a brain hemorrhage bought on by an accidental overdose of methamphetamines.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed the fast-rhyming Tech N9ne at the Commodore. Kat White was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Tech N9ne at the Commodore Ballroom on September 11, 2014. Thanks Kat.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Montreal singer-songwriter Adam Cohen at the Media Club. Ruxandra Fediuc was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Adam Cohen at the Media Club on September 10, 2014. Thanks Ruxandra.

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